In response to Hal Keating’s Reality Check letter to the editor, I must ask whose reality is he referring to when he sees oil as Canada’s saviour?
Just because it’s in the ground doesn’t necessarily mean we need to exploit it at the cost of ours, our children’s and our grandchildren’s lives and our land, lakes, rivers, and wildlife, does it?
My reality sees 97 per cent of scientists agreeing and attributing rapid climate change to the amount of fossil fuels we generate and burn. The Canadian oil sands contribute two per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions but Canada’s population is only 0.5 per cent of the world’s population.
My math tells me the oil sands alone are generating emissions at four times what they should be per capita. Other countries continue to research, develop, and implement alternative clean energy to the tune of billions of dollars in revenue.
It’s happening and will continue to happen but not as long as we continue to lean our archaic ways of thinking in this country.
I wonder what Mr. Keating would say if the oil sands set up shop a kilometre or two from his house and then contaminated the ground water and well water on his property or scraped the land clear of the natural vistas he once enjoyed?
My reality is definitely not yours Mr. Keating. My reality is cautiously hopeful but becoming less and less so very quickly when I see this kind of backward and careless thinking.
Greed is a powerful thing but money may just not matter much when we can’t go outside, or grow the crops we need to eat, or access clean water.
Ask the many Chinese citizens who see more than half of their year spent indoors due to air pollution what kind of quality of life they have?
Ask them what their reality looks like. Then check yours.